May is by far the best time to be in New York. It’s when the city comes alive after a long winter, there’s a reprieve from April showers, and the most exciting cultural events kick off. Whether you’re a foodie, a music buff, or an art lover, there’s something for everyone. For tourists and locals alike, we’ve narrowed down a taste of what the Big Apple has to offer this month. And if you are a tourist, the best place to lay your head after a long day of cultural exploration is the new Redbury New York. But remember, New York is the city that never sleeps, so don’t forget to ask for a late checkout!
This gender-bending musical tells the story of America’s founding fathers. Having just opened last August, it already has a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations. And if that weren’t enough to convince you of how good it is, First Lady Michelle Obama says it’s, “the best piece of art in any form that I have ever seen in my life.”
What began as a London-based institution has now become a standout in New York to view the best contemporary art today. From May 5 – 8, this art fair takes over Roosevelt Island showing—and selling—work by top artists from around the world.
Electric Daisy Carnival
EDM fans rejoice at this annual celebration of art, music, and mind-altering experiences. Taking place May 14 – 15 at Citi Field, it promises to be a labyrinth of memorable moments with areas like “Tinder Match Maker,” a Neon Garden, and the Kinetic Field.
Taste of Tribeca
During this neighborhood tradition on May 21, revered restaurants offer small plates and snacks for visitors to nosh on while strolling through closed off streets. It’s one of the few times you can casually sample culinary perfection by the likes of Bouley, Landmarc, and Nobu Next Door.